Monthly Archives: January 2013

Not-quite Apocalypse

The weekend got a little hairier after my previous post — on Sunday, the prospect of a rainy day sent us downtown to the Gallery of Modern Art, an anchor of Brisbane’s cultural center.  They have their triannual Asian Pacific show … Continue reading

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Damp National Day

I want to call this post “Apocalyptic Australia,” but that would be exaggerating — we are merely drenched at the moment by the remnants of tropical storm Oswald, not drowning. Last night, we watched the fireworks for Australia Day down … Continue reading

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I saw the news today (oh boy!)

So, we have yet to pick up any of the local papers here in Brisbane. We hear they are horrible, and I feel guilty, but I begin to wonder if they could be as bad as the morning news/entertainment shows. … Continue reading

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Learning to Love the Eucalyptus

I grew up in California, where eucalyptus were the stringy invasive smelly trees that could burn at the drop of a hat, brought in, supposedly, by the military and planted on bases, like the one that would become the campus … Continue reading

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Relative temperatures

I am happy to report that the heat here in Brisbane broke on Monday evening.  It didn’t rain as it should have, according to the forecast, which is a shame; the grass is burning up out there, despite the looming … Continue reading

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Tropical Heatwave

January is normally the rainy season in Brisbane, but this year has been anything but. Recordbreaking heat had us sweltering in our basement apartment over the weekend, sitting in the crossfire of two fans. On Saturday, we failed to leave … Continue reading

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I’ll take that BBQ spaceship

Aussies really do seem to take their barbecuing very seriously. We’re staying in an unfortunately expensive dive apartment, but parked outside is a stellar barbecue, nicer than the rental’s kitchen. Or so I thought, until yesterday afternoon, when one of our … Continue reading

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